Garden City bird sanctuary turns young and old into naturalists
Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance follow Rob Alvey
Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance follow Rob Alvey (off camera) through an overgrown section of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Liberty Mutual premium auditor Matt Griff and other
Liberty Mutual premium auditor Matt Griff and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry
Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)

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Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City
Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City High School listen to Rob Alvey speak. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Rob Alvey divvies up tools for volunteers. (June
Rob Alvey divvies up tools for volunteers. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird
Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, speaks about the nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. (Credit: Handout)
Volunteers from a Boy Scout troop sit in
Volunteers from a Boy Scout troop sit in front of the original sanctuary sign. (Credit: Handout)
Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird
Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, speaks with young volunteers about the nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. (Credit: Handout)

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Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer
Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer and board member at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, got her family involved with the sanctuary, too. (left to right) Charlie, 49, Marc, 16, Sara, 19, John, 14, Cathy, 46. (July 19, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Photo albums and old news clippings document the
Photo albums and old news clippings document the history of Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a landscape that no longer looks like a neglected trash basin. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden
Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, leads the Nature Camp, a weeklong class for youth. Here she watches a presentation by Cathy Horvath, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator from Massapequa. (July 25, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City
Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City High School at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Liberty Mutual staff Dan Holst, left, of Queens,
Liberty Mutual staff Dan Holst, left, of Queens, and Gilberto Morales, of Farmingdale, and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)

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Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry
Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird
Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, gives his volunteers a tour of the nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Photos on display at Rob Alvey's Garden City
Photos on display at Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden
Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, talks with Nature Camp participant, Ben Woo, 10, of Garden City. (July 24, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden
Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, leads the Nature Camp, a weeklong class for youth. Here she holds a python named Banana during a presentation by Bobby and Cathy Horvath, licensed wildlife rehabilitators from Massapequa. (July 25, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)
Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer
Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer and board member at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, checks out the peppers growing in one of the garden beds. Sara got her family involved with the sanctuary, too. (July 19, 2013). (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)